Fixing what’s unsatisfactory

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Creating meaningful surroundings is important to me. I’m not a designer of any sort. I don’t have rules… I purposely like to kid myself that I’m breaking rules but I have no clue, I could be following a rule book unbeknown to me.

That’s what I was doing today. Concentrating on my room. It’s not done, this is where I’m up to. Everyday I view my surrounds as something to decorate, I suppose that’s just a creative mind, but I don’t always act on the urge, hence this post. There is a need in me to fix everything to what I find pleasing though.

I wonder why when something is important to me, like decorating and styling, I don’t become more knowledgeable on it but rather I allow it to be what it is. It’s an natural interest, I like stuff, but at the same time I am particular on what I have. I like to collect things from different places, I like to make things, I don’t need my possessions to scream what interests I have but I like them to portray my personality. That’s why it’s homely to me. That’s why I feel comfortable in my room.

And how does pleasing me work? How do I ‘find’ what is pleasing? I suppose, I say reluctantly, that must come down to some sort of rule – the juxtaposition of the objects. It’s like pretty faces are usually symmetrical. I don’t know. I’m just not sure, there’s probably a science behind it. With people who are Doctors. Hello, I’m a Doctor of Style. You wouldn’t believe them though, would you. You’d just think they’re being cocky.

My room is divided into two categories; things I’m satisfied with and things I’m not. I wasn’t aware of this till recently and all it comes down to when I have a feeling that something isn’t right. Which is an okay problem, I suppose, but it occurred to me that I could just fix them. Anything that gives me a sinking feeling just correct it till I’m all chill inside.

That’s obvious isn’t it. When you live in a space you don’t often see that though.

So here I am fixing what doesn’t satisfy me and I’ll update you in the future whether these changes have worked.

shelving

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bed side table

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shelves

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This is where I kind of gave up and had a walk, food and a bubble bath. I’m an easily distracted creature. This one was a tough one though. I still don’t think it’s right but I think I’m done playing for today so I’ll sit on it a bit and see if my dissatisfied senses tingle.

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Quotes for me and pottery

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You need to be tested.

Sentences pop into my brain every once in a while which sums up what I’m feeling or even advice for getting through it. It’s almost like there’s someone else in here with me that just points something out which steers me in the right direction. There isn’t a little man in here though, it’s an a culmination of all my thoughts jumbled up then like on Count Down it’s my job to find the words. It’s a little dose of clarity I need every once in a while.

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Other thoughts I’ve had the past week or two that were so strong I had to write down;

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Don’t become stagnant.

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Exercise is the baseline for some stability.

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You feel like you have so much to offer the world so why aren’t you offering it?

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Always try.

Charity and Small Business Gift Tag – Free Download

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This coming Christmas is a different one is so many way. I’m not going to list it all, you’re welcome, but for the sake of this post actually making sense I will reveal one. All (if possible) presents I will be buying will be bought from a charity shop, or the money donated to charity, or from a small business.

It makes so much sense! I don’t know why I haven’t done it before.

The idea only came to me because my partner isn’t a fan of Christmas because of the consumerism. Which I agree with, and would try to explain that it isn’t about the presents;

‘Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!’ The Grinch

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But yeah, I see what he was saying. Although the Grinch worked that out, a lot of other people haven’t. The only answer when dating a girl who is obsessed with all things Christmas is to stick to your own morals and ideals, you don’t need to get wrapped up (oh the pun) in the present buying. It’s just stress and it feels weird. For me and I’m sure a lot of people, Christmas is about thanking those you love and a celebration for the past year. I want to get those I love a little something to show my appreciation – that’s it. For a added bonus, I get a kick from making my own presents and cards – and in this case, gift tags.

I’ve made my own gift tags. Yes I have. I want people to know where they came from, it gives me a warm feeling. Not in a ‘I’M A GREAT PERSON AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW AND PRAISE ME!’ way, because it did just occur to me that it sounds like I’m boasting and shitting on everyone else’s ideals. More in a ‘this is what Christmas means to me’ way. I just need to add as well that the gifts from etsy are generally so cute and personal, and oh my God so exciting when they come through the post and you unwrap it to see how they’ve packaged it.

So, why presents from these places and not a ‘normal’ shop? It just seems mad to think that we all go to the same huge businesses that don’t benefit the little man, and I’m not going to go into it but I think we are all aware of where the products are made and the all negatives. I can’t personally dive into it right now, for my mental health exploding for the, I don’t know, 12th time today (?), because I still do shop at these places so even if I don’t support it, I’m supporting it.. My brain. Ouch.

My brother argued with me that these big businesses have thousands of employees to pay – I even work for a big business – so it could have a negative impact on all those people. My family like to debate, I should add. Just because I don’t completely agree with it doesn’t mean others don’t. These big businesses are going to make their money. While their employees get paid £7 an hour. It’s okay for me to not buy from these companies.

I do urge you to buy a few gifts from the little man this Christmas, it means a lot more to them and it feels good.

If you would like to download my homemade gift tags click on the link below. I printed mine onto recycled card stock.

Download – charity, small business gift tag

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Just in case you were wondering if it is more difficult finding and buying gifts this way, I have found it easier surprisingly. Thanks for reading! This is the part where I serenade you with a Christmas song as you walk away…

Trying Homemade Infused Vodka 

I’ll set the scene: got the himalayan salt lamp on, lit candles, blanket over us, cuddled watching TV and could I sound any more pretentious? Oh yeah, drinking our homemade infused vodka. There you go.

It’s a gloomy day in England. What possibly could perk everything up other than trying our pineapple Infused Vodka? Spoiler; nothing else could do the job. 

And the verdict I hear you cry! It’s guilty of making me tipsy while I’m trying to write this post, for number one, and number two it tastes wonderful! A big win here. Means we can make a lot more, experiment with flavours, and give them out at Christmas! Not to random people obviously, that’ll be too weird even for me. 

Happy Thursday people! 

Toddler Crafting: Photo Cut Out

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Not much feels better than when a vague idea floating around in my head is executed perfectly. From Little Man painting perfectly, and fuss free, to me carefully cutting his shape out with no problems – even managed to get his eye lashes. The only slight problem was with the printer, but everything was too good to be true, something had to happen, and better the printer than my own capabilities.

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I started with a paper print out of the photo I took, and two extra but in reverse that will be used at the end. Little Man chose his colours and painted the back of the normal photo.

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Once dry, obviously, I cut him out using a very sharp crafting knife. There were dollops of paint, an artist choice I’m sure, so it was thicker in some parts which meant I had to go back over it. It was still a success though. I didn’t let the pressure of ruining Little Mans art get to me, I kept my cool, I had an assistant dabbing the sweat off my forehead and finished without a flat line. I’m basically a surgeon now. No? Okay.

I used a pritt stick and stuck the big painting without Little Man on to one reversed photo, and the cut out of the painting Little Man onto the other reversed photo, then cut them down to their original 7×5 size.

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Now framing. Doesn’t it seem a shame to frame something fun like this in a normal double frame. I brain stormed with my partner, Googled unique ways to frame art, and a few more hundred abbreviations on that but nothing was right, till this idea zoomed in my brain and knocked me off my chair.

I laminated the two photos. I could have stopped here and let Little Man have his pieces of art because they felt indestructible, so that might be an option in the future. Instead I made holes in each corner, found two sticks, and a third to prop it up, and used string to tie it on. (I’m definitely framing something of mine like this one day, but I’ll use pins. I can be trusted with pins. Sometimes.)

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This project is so right up my street I basically live there. It’s so fun, it’s so free, it’s like Gruffalo meet Where The Wild Things Are. Which I think is the inside of a lot of Adults brains anyway.

Have a super day!

 

 

Pineapple Infused Vodka

Today my partner in crime and I are infusing vodka with pineapple for Christmas gifts. Ohhh yes, preparing for Christmas already – I’m one of those people. 

It’s an experiment. I have read a few posts floating about on the internet, inspired by this post by Champagne or Lemonade?, but like I’ve said previously I prefer to learn from my mistakes and just do it, forgo the research. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. 

In about a month we will try it, and if we like it we will make jars and jars more and be drunk everyday and eventually stop eating or drinking anything but pineapple Vodka! Yay! 

So, to be continued…

Plant Head 

Something I’ve neglected to share with you all was these plant pots. They don’t live at my house; that’s my excuse so please forgive me. I made them for my boyfriends birthday a few months ago, of our faces of course, otherwise this post is getting weirder and weirder. 

It was one of those I’ve seen them on Not On The High Street for a price I couldn’t afford so made them myself situations

The only downside, other than struggling to find white plant pots anywhere, was when he was potting them and watering them soil got stuck to our faces. Faces on the pot, not actual faces. So I look like I have something in my teeth and a start of a mono brow. His beard just looks fuller, lucky sod. 

But added soil just makes it more unique and I suppose less perfect, and that’s a compliment in my opinion. 

Well, that’s all for today, thanks for reading and have a good’n!